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at wusa9.com. click on 9 news extras. >>> today an apology from virginia's governor. you may remember when the proclaimed april to be confederate history month, the governor has a change of heart now and is renaming the month and has admitted he offended the lot of folks the first time around. >> reporter: the governor called it an error of taste, not heart, saying my major omission of livery hurt a lot of people, myself included. and the governor is now officially changing it to the civil war in virginia month. folks we spoke to here in northern virginia accept the apology but many have mixed reactions regarding his message and the meaning. >> i will accept his apology. i don't think he's a racist. >> i think the civil war is over with. let's move on. he kind of wants to take us back in history. that's done w. let's start a new patten. >> reporter: in old town, alexandria, blocks from the confederate soldiers staff too chew concern about striking the right balance between paying homage to the tate's history and being sensitive and forward moving. >> i thought it was backwards and going op
. in virginia, i-395 looks great leaving town, continuing on to southbound 95 in virginia and westbound 66, you don't see that every day at this time. no problems to report so everyone have a great evening. back to you. >> you too, dave. >>> well most students in northern virginia head back to school tomorrow. that includes the city of alexandria, arlington, fairfax, loudoun and prince william counties. fairfax county is the largest school system in the area, with more than 170,000 kids. and some are heading back to construction sites. beechwood elementary in falls church is undergoing a major expansion. the principal said the whole thing will be worth it in the end when they have a brand spanking new facility. for students it's a mixture of anxiety and excitement. >> who is excited? >> i don't have to do football every day. >> so you're tired of football? and you're exciting about homework and reading and writing and math? >> no. >> well hopefully most kids have thur supplies to go for backpacks. but some families waited until the last minute. we found some frustrated shoppers leaving stores e
of the weekend. >> reporter: now down to my colleague bruce leshan in virginia beach. >> the storm chasers may be disappointing that the storm is tracking farther out to sea and weakening, but there are people here at virginia beach who are happy. see back there the scaffolding, the port-o-potties, for the american music festival. and take a look. gloria gainer. reo speedwagen, pat bena tar, slated to take the stage this weekend, starting on friday, hours after earl is expected to blast through. the old saying you'll be lucky if you get married in a rain storm. this couple figures marrying with a hurricane coming is like hitting the lottery. >> i got married in sunlight. well i got married in a rain storm. yeah, well i got married in a hurricane. >> reporter: a cacophony of hurricane preps in the beach and dead quiet in the emergency center. managers are hoping that the track holds and earl slips by in the dark without waking the neighbors. but people here are haunted by the specter of hurricane bonnie in 1998. forecasts had predicted she would spare virginia beach too. >> we went home and dec
in your pockets. virginia plans to hold the fourth annual sales tax holiday on energy efficient products next month and that means if you buy appliances certified by the energy star or water sense program you won't have to pay any sales tax. the holiday applies to items worth $2,500 or less and the holiday runs october 8th to october 18th. >>> if two of the nation's largest discount carriers are joining forces. southwest airlines is buying airtran. the cost $1.4 billion. that will give southwest a larger hold of the market by expanding its service in to 37 stu cities including atlanta. >> it has the potential to add more than 20% to our annual revenues or $2 billion a year. >> reporter: southwest is expected to take over airtran's slots at reagan national offering at least 11 flights in and out of the airport. of course none of that may happen for months because the deal has to be approved by the regulator and stockholders. >>> work to extend metro to dulles means a commuter alert this week. in two hours the eastbound lanes of the dulles toll road will close just east of the beltway. tha
. >> this is the first time the city is allowing early voting. >>> still to come, we are live in virginia beach as residents baton down for hurricane earl. >>> and plus a look at evacuations taking place ahead of that storm. we'll be right back. there's something you never hear vince gray talk about: his record running dc's department of human services. why? under gray, dhs lost out on millions of federal dollars for missing paperwork; lost money for the homeless; even lost track of foster children. a court ordered gray's department to improve child services. gray's not a bad guy but he was a bad manager. do we want to go back to that? >>> turning our attention to the latest on hurricane earl. the folks in the outer banks taking no chances tonight. it's sunny there, but mandatory evacuations are in effect for ocracoke and hatteras islands. closer to home, both maryland and virginia's governors have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm. our team coverage begins with scott broom in ocean city, maryland. >> reporter: i'm scott broom in ocean city, maryland, where they do not anticipate
in thousands of buildings in virginia, maryland, ohio, and kentucky. a worker first noticed the problem back in june. the pipes were installed in about 28,000 buildings. the company spokesperson says the pipes had thinner walls that don't make pipes more vulnerable to failure, but could shorten life spans. massive natural gas explosion -- authorities were trying to figure out what caused that accident. >>> new plan for a multistate power line is in the hands of virginia regulators tonight. the potomac appalachian transmission high line or path would run 275 miles from west virginia to camp town, maryland. 31 miles of it would be in virginia. supporters say the line is needed to help our region stress power grid. critics say it would only serve to continue the use of coal to generate electricity. >>> time for a check on the evening rush hour. patranya is in the 9news now traffic center. >> we still can't break the delays you are seeing from the toll road all the way up to the 270 spur. still tracking all those brake lights for you. no accidents that i'm seeing out there, just a lot of volume
, driving from wilmington delaware to richmond, virginia, on one gallon of gas. meet the local designers making it happen. >>> and as of next year, 6,000 more cars are coming to one small section of northern virginia where the traffic is already a disaster. one what congressman is doing to try to help. chevy chase bank is becoming capital one bank. with the most locations in the dc area, we figured they could use our help. ♪ down a bit. too much. [ crowd cheering ] [ grunts ] [ garth ] capital one bank. now with the most branches and atms in the dc area. what's in your wallet?  >>> well they're telling us to look for a rush hour nightmare when the new department of defense building opens along i- 395 in alexandria next year. that building, part of the brack realignment plan, will house some 6400 employees, but it was built nowhere near a metro station and several studies show that the influx of cars could add 2 hours to everyone's commute along the corridor. well tonight the three top d.o.d. officials will take questions at a town hall meeting hosted by jim moran. >> we have impendin
, virginia, there will be christmas here in leesburg. the board of supervisors voted overwelmingly to throw the doors open to everyone religious displays, not religious displays, all allowed here at the courthouse. >> merry christmas. >> for decades on the courthouse grounds, a tree, a nativity scene, and in recent years, seek prayers and a sign celebrating atheism. some worry things could get out of hand. >> say tin worship, wickens, anybody can apply. >> anybody can apply. >> and that's the way you have to do it according to the constitution. >> that's what they say. >> now it seems likely this weekend will bring something we haven't seen. a 9/11 anniversary bound to get most everyone ticked off. now despite outrage from just about everywhere, a florida pastor announced today he is going to go forward with plans to ban 100 copies of the koran. radical islam, this message is for you. >> burning of the quran is to call the attention that something is wrong. something is wrong. >> it is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up, confront terrorism, so as of right now, w
, this is over, and i'm okay. >> this is bruce leshan. the only woman on virginia's death row is still waiting for word from the governor. teresa lewis is slated to die in less than a week for plotting the murders of her husband and stepson for money. a judge sentenced the two trigger men to life, but luis got death. despite an iq of just 72, which is barely above mental retardation. >> she is not mentally retarded, but she is very, very close to it. >> she's not by any means a genius. she is certainly smart enough to be held accountable for her terribly vile actions. >> i'm scott broome in silver spring where there's a tragedy earlier today. a 1 1/2-year-old boy managed to get himself tangled in the cords of window shades. and he did not survive. >> it appears to be a tragic accident. they found the little boy tangled up in the drapery cord in the bedroom where his bed is. >> the baby got tangled inside of it. we don't know how, because we weren't there. detectives are here, it's crazy. >> the initial information that we have is that they had put him down for a nap and somehow he gotten
in the car and his partner drove him to united medical center. no word on his condition. >>> down in virginia police caught up with david paton the and charged him with killing 48- year-old steven carr. carr was found shot to death in his home on field master drive in burke. police say the two men knew each other but the motive is unclear. >>> authorities are trying to figure out how many people may have decide in the pipe explosion in san bruno, california. the explosion destroyed 50 homes and left a huge crater behind. you are seeing home video 0 the fire taken by a man named walter mcafee. he is on a call connie that -- balcony that happened to be behind where it blew up. the utility, pacific gas and electric is surveying other natural gas lines looking for problems. >>> drivers of public transportation buss in prince georges county are out on strike today. nearly 100 operators say they want better job security. health insurance, higher wages and longer lunch breaks and they have been working without a contract since july 1st. a spokesperson for the county says it is working to get the bus
for the only woman on virginia's death row. teresa lewis is scheduled to be executed in just about two hours. she met with her family, the spiritual advisor and other supporters in the greenville correctional center in virginia today. she faces a death penalty in the murders of her husband is the stepson eight years ago. both the u.s. supreme court and the governor, bob mcdonald, they have now declined her request for clemency. >>> today, governor mcdonald released the results of the private audit of the virginia department of transportation. and the results were less than impressive. that investigation found hundreds of millions of dollars, actually went unspent while of course, drivers around here, they were sitting in traffic. the governor called the problem, missing management. and he said that the money could have paid for the roadside mowing, rest stop, or the other workers salaries. >>> in the meantime, they are wondering if keeping those shoulder lanes on i-66 open all the time would help ease some of the traffic on the the highways. right now, those lanes, they are only open during
airports. have not heard of any other airlines. out on the rails, virginia railway express predicting delays up to an hour and a half. mark has delays of up to a half hour as well and amtrak had some delays all day long. be sure to check the status of any train you need to catch or the ones you're waiting for before you head out the door. we have links to amtrak, and mark at wusa9.com. all you have to do is click on traffic. >>> one of the westbound lanes of the columbia pike in arlington is blocked off by those orange construction barrels tonight. that's because the heavy rains today have created a sink hole and it is right near south wakefield. crews were able to patch that hole earlier this afternoon. no word tonight on when more permanent repairs can be made. >> and the high waters closed part of the dulles toll road. patranya, that sounds terrible. >> that does sound terrible. it's bad news from the dulles toll road. still closed between franklin street and the dc line. be aware of that. don't cross the rising water. you saw what happened to that guy. other problems on the roads
from western fairfax, westward, in the extreme drought up in the panhandle of west virginia where they have a burning ban there until further notice. as alex mentioned, watch your cigarette buds, don't burn anywhere. do not burn anything. a clear sky that will be cool. turn off the alaska, open up the windows. low temperatures in the 60s. and we'll come back and we'll talk about the weekend forecast. we've got the turns in town. we've got the skins in town, we've got nascar down in richmond, all kinds of things going on. they will stay dry. >>> all right, thank you, top. let's get outside for the evening rush. a rough night on the road to home. >> yeah, that's right, derek. a thursday. but it sure looks like friday out there on the roadway. you can see that on the outer loop, still jam packed here, all the way down to 66, no breakaway point for them for the commuters traveling on this route. on the inner loop though, a little better, carrying the better minimal delays onto the university boulevard. switch over to i-66. all those headlights coming towards you. so a lot of congestio
'm bruce leshan in virginia beach where earl is clearing out. the surf is up and there's actually already a surfer out there catching the waves that are over his head. they are taking stock here of the damage. one tree down. eight people without power. no major flooding. and down the way, they are setting up for the american music festival that starts tonight. reo speed wagon, chicago, pat pat benatar. they are hoping for a spectacular week. >> i'm scott broom in ocean city, maryland. the sun is already out for the holiday weekend but the precautions were worth the effort hurricane tossed oceans slammed against the sea wall in ocean city. how does it look out there. >> rough, very rough. >> reporter: but a hazard for the beach patrol, which is on duty to keep people off of flooded beaches. >> they call everyone off the beach. i guess they are afraid they could get swept away or something. >> ed today the good news is the ocean doesn't look inviting an people will stay out tomorrow is what we are worried about. the water will be treacherous. >> reporter: as for wind an rain not much of tha
of a burning choran would be used by extremists to insight violence. went to quantico, virginia, where people share the same fear. >> in the town of quantico, where american flags fly steps from the marine base, love of country and love -- some see a change in the country's landscape. >> like they said, the marine corps is at war. >> once a marine, always a marine, george fought in the koreaen and vietnam wars. he says the florida pastor who wants to burn the choran is against the troops because his actions could spark more violence and bloodshed overseas. >> like general patraeus says, it's going to cause more problems than you are going to solve. >> other members agree as well. >> i'm sure there will. you know, because anything to insight somebody, especially in wartime, you are just giving fuel to the fire. >> it's insensitive to other people's religions. on the other hand, you know, only in america you get first amendment rights. >> and pastor terri jones of the small florida church of just about 50 followers says he is within his right. >> we tried to make it very clear in ameri
indicted and two of them convicted in one of the largest home abuse cases in virginia history. and as peggy fox tells us, the most serious charge involved a nurse accused of holding a pillow over an elderly man's face. >> my husband's diaper, the time that it was changed, i would come in there 12 hours later and it was saturated and never been changed. >> reporter: mary kay evans said she complained constantly about the care her husband jack received at potomac nursing center in arlington. >> his dentures were never removed from his mouth and cleaned. his fingernails and toe nails were long. his body was dirty. his hair was never shampooed and unshaved. >> reporter: his widow would still find his lunch still uncovered and untouched in the evening. >> nobody would feed him and he couldn't feed himself. it was just dropped off there. sometimes there would be roaches in the tray. >> reporter: the medicare virginia state fraud office asked if she would allow the fbi to put a camera in her husband's room and she said yes. with the evidence on the video, they were able to indict 11 employees on c
other states, including virginia, already have similar laws. >>> well that jolt of jo in the morning or soda in the afternoon can be the pick me up you need, but is the caffeine content enough to lead you to kill somebody? well that's what a kentucky man is claiming. 33-year-old woody will smith is on trial for strangling his wife, but his lawyer said in the days before the murder he ingested so much caffeine he was rendered temporarily insane. okay. well you may not have noticed a difference, but believe it or not our recession is over. that's from the economic of research. they say it ended in june of last year. the 18-month slowdown was the longest recession since the great depression. so what is your reaction to this news? is it surprising to hear the recession over for more than a year now? feeling prosperous in recent months? share your thoughts with mcginty's mail bag at wusa9.com. >>> tomorrow the u.s. senate scheduled to vote on the military don't ask, don't tell policiment and today pastors from five states were rallying here in the nation's capital, saying don't do it. >>
easing as we speak. moving to our virginia traffic right now, tracking a situation on 66, delays easing here as well, about 20 minutes will get you from 495 to 7100. derek, back to you. >>> also tonight in your only local news at 7, civil disobedience. and, hanging up, get ready to go hands free with that cell phone before you get mind the wheel in maryland. >>> in maryland, when you get behind the wheel of your car starting on friday, you better put down your phone and activate your blue tooth. if not, it will cost you. the first time you're caught driving in maryland with your cell phone to your ear, it will cost you $40, after that, $100 and a point on your driving record. >> it's going to be difficult to enforce. >> reporter: the new law is a secondary offense, meaning officers can only pull you over if you're caught violating another law. >> a law enforcement officer may see them speeding or doing something and when they get into the traffic stop itself, they may determine the driver was using a cell phone. >> there has been another legal setback for the army flight surgeon who re
. falls church virginia has created online bill pay for personal property taxes and officials say it's more convenient than writing and mailing checks and reduces the am of paper. property bills are just a start. they hope to add more services soon. for a link, check out the where you live section of our website at wusa9.com. >>> so is the r-word making a come back. >> no. the s-word, showers. and that's probably a stretch. >> just enough to mess up my car wash. >> we'll see. the odds are you'll be all right. 86 today with low humidity. our forecast first for the next three days. starting out with sunshine tomorrow, clouds come in. a drop on there, but i would not bring an em bella -- an umbrella. and i would not have washed my car today but you'll be okay. low 80s on saturday with partly cloudy skies. we'll break down tomorrow for you. not as cool to start. near 70 by 7:00. partly cloudy skies. that means near 60 in the burbs. clouds come in and by evening downright windy, 84 degrees and maybe a shower. and the biggest -- well the biggest factor we'll feel from the front is the wind
are seeing a problem in virginia, 395 southbound right now at route one, a pretty bad accident here. all lanes taken away except the right so there will be traffic heading up to that spot so let's take our live shot here on 395 you can see volume. looks like it's moving a little bit better now than when i was watching five minutes ago so slow from washington boulevard down to the scene. moving onto 270, it's going to be looking nice out there as we move onto our mdot camera. german town to clarksburg. everyone moving at speed. mom and dad should be home in no time on this route. travel times for you and some of the spots still bogging travelers down, 66 still can't break this, close to 20 minutes from 495 to 7100. on the inner loop looks like it's getting better, 12 minutes from 270 over to i-95 in montgomery county. back to you. >>> topper shutt is here with the forecast. >> rain is a strong word. we do have a chance for some showers coming up not tonight, though. in fact here's your forecast first. tonight if you want to go out, fine. in fact, quite spectacular out here. here's your fo
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